Committee Democrats Expose the Damage Done by Secretary Zinke’s Climate Denial

Washington, D.C. Dec. 3, 2018 – In today’s new installment of their ongoing Medium series Watchdog, Natural Resources Committee Democrats examine the real-world consequences of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s climate change denial. The article tracks Zinke’s lockstep support for the timber industry as a member of Congress and examines his unwillingness to discuss climate change’s implications for wildfires or other increasingly common environmental and public health hazards.

The new post comes days after Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva called for Secretary Zinke’s resignation in light of his ethical, managerial and policy failures in an op-ed in USA Today.

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Watchdog, which opened with a Nov. 2 post on the highlights of Zinke’s multiple ethics scandals, is dedicated to holding Zinke’s Department of the Interior accountable to the public. The first installment focused on Zinke’s meeting with the chairman of oil giant Halliburton and a Montana land developer that’s been referred to the Department of Justice, as well as his travel expense irregularities and attempts to push DOI into giving his wife a formal volunteer role to evade questions about her government-funded travel.